Sunday, January 30, 2011

News On The Horizon 1/30/2011

Balanced scoring, defense spark Green
Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 712--The Mid-Majority

[Comment From Tyler (Indianapolis) Tyler (Indianapolis) : ]
Any thoughts on where the Horizon League Tourney will be held this year? Normally they're selling tickets at Hinkle by now and calling it the Butler Invitational. (sarcasm) Butler can't seem to play 40 solid minutes... and it's really pissing me off. Well, on the bright side, everyone loves a wide open race, right?
Friday January 28, 2011 4:32 Tyler (Indianapolis)

Can I say the Wohlstein Center? It seems like a lot of folks have forgotten about Cleveland State. The Vikings had a bad weekend (okay, a realllly bad weekend), but they haven't lost at home and have been on an anger-fueled romping spree since early January. Probably the most dangerous thing about them is that it's not all Norris lately. You have guys like Harmon and Montgomery who are coming in and scoring 20 points.
[Comment From Dan Dan : ]
Kyle, I just want to thank you for writing about Alumni Gym and taking in a volleyball game there. I never saw a basketball game there either, but when I was a student there, I used to love standing in that old gym and imagining the history that happened there. They say the 2nd deck and the rafters would shake during Rambler wins because of all the students jumping up and down. What's your opinion about maintaining historic old gyms vs tearing them down for newer arenas with no character?
Friday January 28, 2011 4:41 Dan

You're welcome and thank you. I think Loyola has done this right, even if they didn't specifically plan it that way: they moved in to the new place and kept the old one for other sports for 15 years. It would still be standing next year if there wasn't a space issue (it's the North Side of Chicago and there isn't unlimited room). There have been other schools that did it that way, Temple comes to mind. My opinion is that it's inevitable and that we should enjoy the old ones while we can.
[Comment From John L (Rochester, MI) John L (Rochester, MI) : ]
My girlfriend lives in Baltimore and I live in Michigan. She wants me to move out there. I'm unsure so I'm weighing the pros and cons. In Michigan I have my two alma maters: Oakland and Western Michigan. I also have the future: Central Michigan with Trey Zeigler and Detroit Mercy with Ray McCallum. In Baltimore I have an unknown. What should I do?
Friday January 28, 2011 4:49 John L (Rochester, MI)

If you're considering moving because of a girl, basketball should not be part of the equation. If you love her, do it. If you have doubts, don't. Either way, Detroit and CMU are usually available on #pixelvision (which is in fact an aphrodisiac).

The Other 26: Week 11--Rush The Court
Set Your Tivo: 01.28-01.30--Rush The Court

Butler @ Valparaiso – 2 pm Saturday on ESPN FullCourt/ (**)

It’s a surprise but Valpo is actually ahead of Butler in the Horizon League standings by a game. The Crusaders are led by the tandem of Brandon Wood and Cory Johnson who combine for 44% of the team’s total offensive output. You should know, though, that Wood is questionable for this game with a hamstring injury and Valparaiso is banged up in a few places. While a few of the other injured players should play, Homer Drew really needs Wood in this game if he’s able to go. The amazing thing about Butler is their offense has actually improved over last year (#50 to #28) but their defensive efficiency has fallen off a cliff. It’s been one of the biggest mysteries in all of college basketball, but the Bulldogs are rated #124 in defensive efficiency after ranking #5 last year. That’s what propelled them to the championship game. Butler is highly porous inside and that’s where Valpo does most of its damage (53% FG). If Matt Howard and company can’t stop the Crusaders inside, the home folks will win.

Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit


* 2:00 pm: Butler @ Valpo: This is a huge game in the Horizon League standings. Believe it or not, Butler is third in the Horizon right now. Valpo is tied for first in the loss column.

Slaughterhouse Saturday--College Basketball Blog

It's too much carnage to count.

Four teams ranked in top 10 in the polls lost Saturday, but the damage done extends so far beyond that, I don't have time to get into it in one post. For space's sake, I'll neglect to mention any result that's already been discussed on the blog earlier today. And most of the teams, like Ohio State, who were ranked and somehow managed to escape with a win, here's your kudos. Can't waste letters on you for doing what you're supposed to. Let's get to all those bad losses!

Most of the noteworthy and newsworthy trangressions can be found below:
— Oh, I’m still going. Butler — Butler! Newman! — is now out of the at-large conversation in light of losing 85-79 on the road to Valpo, falling to 14-8. Valparaiso and Cleveland State have the Horizon fates in their hands.

College Basketball On TV For January 29, 2011--Blogging the Bracket

Mid-Afternoon (ET)
Laptop: Butler Bulldogs at Valparaiso Crusaders, Horizon League Network/WNDY/WWRD/CSN Chicago/STO/ESPN3/Full Court (2 p.m. ET)
The Crusaders are still looking for their first ever win over the Bulldogs in Horizon League play, and this is their best chance since they joined the conference in the 2007-08 season. Valpo is tied with Cleveland State in the loss column for the league lead (the Vikings are at 4-6 Loyola-Chicago this afternoon), and Butler is tied for third along with Wright State. prediction: Crusaders 69-68, 65 poss.

College Basketball On TV For January 30, 2011--Blogging the Bracket

Wright St. Raiders at Milwaukee Panthers, TWC 32/Horizon League Network (2 p.m. ET)
The Raiders look to stay a game behind Horizon co-leaders Cleveland State and Valparaiso. prediction: Raiders 63-62, 62 poss.

Monson: Quit freaking out — the Jazz are good--Salt Lake Tribune

Were there prognosticators, even among the most optimistic, coming into this season who believed the Jazz would roll through the elite teams in the league?

Negatory on that one, too.

The Jazz offloaded Carlos Boozer, they lost Wesley Matthews, a bigger deal than it seemed, and Kyle Korver, and Mehmet Okur was gone to injury. They got Al Jefferson, Raja Bell, and Gordon Hayward. Chances were decent they were going to be better at some point — just being free from the baggage that came alongside Boozer’s scoring.

Preview: Howard, Smith crucial to Butler offense--The Indy Star
Butler falls to Valparaiso in OT--The Indy Star
No secret to Bulldogs: It's the 'D'--The Indy Star
Bulldogs' NCAA hopes lie in Horizon tourney--The Indy Star
Season starts over now--Indy Star Butler Insider
Game Preview: Butler vs. Valparaiso--Victory Firelight
Butler Falls In Overtime At Valparaiso,

Green Bay Lady Pheonix narrowly defeat women’s basketball--Butler Collegian
Bulldogs Host Milwaukee Saturday
Bulldogs Defeat Milwaukee,

Cleveland State men's basketball team tries to resist looking ahead--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Good day for offense; defense, not so good: Cleveland State Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State rolls past Loyola, sets up big showdowns with Valpo and Butler next week--Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSU's Cole is making a strong case for Horizon League's Player of the Year--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State Press Conference Vs. UIC--Let's Go Vikes!
The Horizon League Network Interviews Norris Cole--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State 81, Loyola-Chicago 70: Five Score In Double Digits, As CSU Rolls In Chicago--Let's Go Vikes!
Cleveland State Men's Postgame Press Conference Vs. Loyola--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Play At Loyola On
Five Score In Double Digits, As CSU Rolls 81-70 In

CSU Women Defeat Youngstown State, 86-65--Let's Go Vikes!
CSU Women Highlights Vs. Youngstown State--Let's Go Vikes!
Kate Peterson Abiad's Postgame Press Conference Vs. YSU--Let's Go Vikes!
Vikings Travel to Youngstown State on
Winton's Career High 31 Leads CSU Past Youngstown State,

Wisconsin-Milwaukee 71, Detroit Mercy 67: Titans unable to keep up late--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Aim for Season Sweep over Phoenix

Murphy Nets Career High As Titans Downed By

Guard-heavy UIC piles on stats en route to first Horizon League
UIC falters after strong 1st half--The Chicago Tribune
Despite UIC's poor season, Kreps quietly moves toward milestones--The Chicago Tribune
Flames look to put an end to 9-game losing streak--The Chicago Sun-Times
UIC ends nine-game losing streak with win over Youngstown State--The Chicago Sun-Times
Flames run out of gas--Whoosh!Net
Follow the Flames and Vikings Live from the Pavilion!
First-Place Cleveland State Defeats Men's Hoops,
Men's Basketball Hosts Youngstown State Saturday
Follow the Flames LIVE versus Youngstown State!
Men's Basketball Pulls Away from Youngstown State,

New Women's Basketball Podcast Now
Women's Basketball Posts Big Road Win At Wright
Women's Hoops Looks To Finish Road Trip With Second
Women's Basketball Completes Perfect Road Trip At

Loyola improving as back end of conference play
Horizon leader too tough for Loyola to handle--The Chicago Tribune
17 turnovers cost Loyola in loss to Cleveland State--The Chicago Sun-Times
Scouting: Cleveland St. @ Loyola--Daily Herald
Balanced Attack and Bench Production Sends Loyola Past Youngstown State,
Ramblers Close Out Three-Game Homestand, Host Horizon League Leader Cleveland State Saturday
Gibler's 25 Points Not Enough In Loyola's 81-70 Loss To Cleveland

Skube, Ramblers Grind Past Titans In Overtime, 88-77
Loyola Looks For Weekend Sweep With Saturday Tilt at Wright
Wright State Buzzer-Beater Sinks Loyola,

Women's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Valparaiso preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: UWGB solves Valparaiso's zone defense--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 22/16 Green Bay Stands Alone in First Place after Holding off Second-half Charge by
Phoenix Faces Valpo with Longest Winning Streak of the
Four Players Score in Double Figures in 69-50

Men's basketball: Phoenix wastes late lead, falls to Wright State--Green Bay Press Gazette
UWGB men's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Green Bay Falls Victim to Wright State Rally,
Green Bay Hosts Detroit Sunday Afternoon at the

Point guard Williams plays key role in revving Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Boyle helps Panthers rally past Titans--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Set the tone: Game 22 vs. Detroit--PantherU
Growing up: Game 23 vs. Wright State--PantherU
Live Blog - Detroit @ Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Postgame Extra – Detroit at Milwaukee--Panther Blog Zone
Live Blog: Men's Basketball vs. Wright State--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Use Late Surge To Claim Comeback Win Over
Panthers Look To Extend Winning Streak To Three

Panthers pull away with hot second half--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Deficit too big for Panthers--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Valparaiso--Panther Blog Zone
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee @ Butler--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Pull Away For 73-61 Win At
Panthers Reaches League Midway Point At
Panther Comeback Falls Short In Loss At

Fighting for first place--The Post-Tribune
Little comes up huge--The Post-Tribune
Late decision to play pays off for Wood, Valpo--The Post-Tribune
Injury update for Valparaiso--Off The Mark
Butler at Valparaiso, Jan. 29, Live Blog--Off The Mark
Today's sellout vs. Butler doesn't happen without VU's move to the Horizon League--The NWI Times
A 'Little' thrilling victory--The NWI Times
Loud and wild VU fan support keeps the ARC afloat--The NWI Times
MBB: Looking forward (and past) to Butler--Region Sports Extra
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. Butler (MBB)--Region Sports Extra
MBB: Wrapping up Butler--Region Sports Extra
Crusaders Down Butler In Overtime

Women's basketball: Green Bay (19-1, 8-0 Horizon) at Valparaiso (4-16, 1-7)--The Post-Tribune
Phoenix show balance, talent in win over VU--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
VU women fall at home to No. 22 Green Bay--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. No. 16 Green Bay--Region Sports Extra
Crusader Women Host #22/16 Green Bay Saturday
#22/16 Green Bay Downs Valpo 69-50

Tabler seventh Raider to miss time--Dayton Daily News
Short-handed WSU stuns Phoenix--Dayton Daily News
WSU’s Darling makes impact--Dayton Daily News
Preview: WSU at Wisconsin-Milwaukee--Dayton Daily News
Final-seconds basket gives WSU comeback road win against Wisconsin-Green Bay, 63-61--Wright State University Sports
Down two starters, WSU coach motivates then sketches winning play--Wright State University Sports
Live at Wright State vs. UW-Milwaukee--Wright State University Sports
Thomas Hits Game-Winning Three to Lift Women Past Loyola

Thomas' 3-pointer lifts Wright State over Loyola--Dayton Daily News
Raider women fall to UIC--Fairborn Daily Herald
Men Rally for 63-61 Win at Green

Bad second half dooms YSU women--Youngstown Vindicator
Brandi Brown Scores 24 As Penguins Fall to Hot-Shooting

UIC runs away from YSU--Youngstown Vindicator
Men’s Basketball Closes Out Chicago Road Trip at
Men's Basketball Falls to UIC,

First place showdown on tap as first half of women's basketball conference season comes to an end--Horizon League Network

Wright State, Milwaukee Rally for Key Wins--Horizon League Network
Butler, Valparaiso Square Off in Horizon League Game of the Week--Horizon League Network
Valpo Takes OT Thriller, Cleveland State Keeps Pace and UIC Snaps Skid on Saturday--Horizon League Network

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